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England’s 7s player inspires Stamford School pupils

Current England 7s player and former Team GB 7s squad member for the Rio Olympics, Mr Charlie Hayter, recently spent an afternoon with Stamford School Sports Scholars sharing the importance of the essential ‘values’ and ingredients on and off the pitch required to be successful in rugby and in sports generally. The former Wasps centre followed his thought-provoking presentation to the students in Assembly with practical advice and coaching on the pitch with staff and 6th form students during their games and after-school activities.

Mr Hayter’s emphasis on the values surrounding persistence, resilience and hard work and resilience resonated with every Stamfordian as these qualities form the basis of the Stamford Endowed Schools’ values. He went on to highlight that a hard work ethic both on and off the pitch was vital to support success and to facilitate the wealth of opportunities he experienced throughout his career. After gaining three good A levels, he went on to pursue a University education at Nottingham where he also played for Nottingham RFC. This gave Charlie the opening to be selected for the Worcester Warriors Academy until 2012, which served as a springboard to his later sporting success with Wasps and beyond.  

Stamford School scholars were inspired to learn that Charlie’s success all began at Warwick School, where he captained the winning 1st XV side in the Daily Mail Cup at Twickenham in 2007 before going on to study at Nottingham University.

Mr Mark Nasey, Director of Sport and Performance said:

“We were delighted to welcome Charlie and thank him for sharing his philosophy on his sporting journey with the pupils. Charlie delivered an engaging talk to the pupils on his experiences, from the highlights to the realistic challenges a professional sporting career can involve. The pupils were thrilled to have the opportunity to benefit from hands-on coaching from a world class 7s player – this has created a wonderful energy. It was inspiring for the pupils to hear that Stamford Endowed Schools’ share his values and to be able to impress on them how essential they are in living fulfilling and successful lives.”